Truck drivers’ strike ‘could end today’

2012-10-12 06:48

A three-year wage deal was set to be signed today to end the countrywide truck driver strike, the Road Freight Employers Association has said.

“The parties have signed an undertaking that they agree to a three-year industry wage agreement,” spokesperson Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said in a statement.

The agreement would be signed this morning. Details of the deal would be made public after the signing.

SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga said the union was busy consulting with its members this morning and did not want to divulge details of the agreement.

“There’s a possibility of the strike ending today,” Masoga said.

This would bring to an end a three-week strike in the transport industry, marked by violence which left several truck drivers injured and one dead.

Earlier this week, three trade unions, jointly claiming to represent 15 000 workers, agreed to adjust their pay demand in an attempt to end a three-week-long strike by thousands of truck drivers.

But Satawu, which represents about 28 000 workers in the strike, was not included in that agreement.

Wage talks resumed last night, resulting in the new undertaking.

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